The music department of the Darien Public Schools would like to announce their line-up of school Holiday Winter Concerts. For additional information contact the Darien Music Department at 203-655-3981 ext. 2250 or visit

Dec. 5: Middlesex Winter Choral Concert at DHS; Grade 6, 7 & Viva Voce at 6:30 p.m. and Grade 8, Camerata at 8 p.m.

Dec. 6: Royle Holiday Concert at 10 a.m.

Dec. 7: Middlesex Bands Winter Concert at DHS at 7 p.m.

Dec. 8: Middlesex Orchestras Winter Concert at DHS at 7 p.m.

Dec. 9: Hindley Holiday Concert at 9:30 a.m.

Dec. 12: Tokeneke Holiday Concert at 9:30 a.m.

Dec. 13: Holmes Holiday Concert at 9:30 a.m.

Dec. 14: DHS Holiday Spectrum Concert (Band, Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, Pops Strings, Concert Choir, Tudor Singers) at 7 p.m.

Dec. 15: Ox Ridge Holiday Concert at 9:45 a.m.

At Home In Darien annual meeting

The annual meeting of At Home In Darien will be Dec. 6 at 10 a.m. at the Darien Library, 1440 Post Road, in the Louise Parker Berry Community Room. At Home In Darien is a non-profit whose mission is to help Darien seniors live independently, comfortably and with dignity in their own homes and the community as long as possible.

The community can learn about what is happening with the aging population in Darien, the state and nationally, as well as what the group has accomplished and plans to do going forward.

The featured guest speaker will be Christianne Kovel, a senior policy analyst on aging for the recently restructured Connecticut Commission on Women, Children, and Seniors.

Kovel oversees the legislative activities for aging for the commission and cultivates relationships with policymakers, legislative staff and partner organizations to help shape aging policy that supports older adults. Kovel provides outreach and education on aging issues in the community, guest lecturing at universities and speaking at community events.

She previously was the communications director for the former Legislative Commission on Aging. She formerly served as the public policy and communications director for the Alzheimer’s Association Connecticut Chapter. She was a leadership fellow for LeadingAge and has served on committees and advisory boards throughout the state.

Kovel received her master’s degree in human development and gerontology from the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford.

Refreshments will be served.

Transportation to and from the event is available for seniors. To arrange a ride or to make a reservation call 203-655-2227.

Shop, help cancer rehab program

Darien YMCA is hosting its inaugural Holiday Boutique to benefit “revive,” The Y’s cancer rehabilitation program. The boutique will be held in the lobby of the Darien Y on Dec. 5, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The boutique will host Darien-based vendors, each of which will donate 10 percent of the day’s profits to the YMCA on behalf of revive.

Holiday Boutique vendors include:

Arbonne (botanically-based wellness and beauty products);

Beautycounter (safe cosmetics for women and families);

JB Aromas (organic essential oils, botanically-based affordable skin care products);

JeaJea Sport (unique performance apparel specifically crafted for women);

Luckyoga (a playful lifestyle brand of apparel that inspires a healthy and balanced life);

India Hicks (spirited lifestyle collection spiked with adventure);

Malas by E (a collection of prayer/meditation beads inspired by love, lore and nature); and

The Funkie Hippie (a collective shop of unique, handmade and one-of-a-kind gifts).

The Darien YMCA’s revive is a three-month, progressive health and fitness program designed to transition cancer patients from the conclusion of treatment to a renewed stamina for day-to-day living.

Revive participants liaise with the Y’s Integrative Medical Coach, Dr. Dipti Josi, for initial consultation and monitoring throughout the duration of the program, which includes a complimentary three-month membership to the Darien Y, access to the Wellness Center, pools, group fitness classes and therapeutic programs. Also, all revive participants receive an hour of personal training each week with one of the Y’s certified cancer exercise specialist trainers.

Revive is offered free of charge and is made possible through fundraising events like the boutique and through generous donations from the community. To learn more about the Holiday Boutique, the revive program or to make a donation, visit or contact the Wellness Center at or 203-655-8228 ext. 1322.

At the DCA

The Darien Community Association (DCA) is located at 274 Middlesex Road in Darien. Reservations and payments can be made at or by contacting the DCA at 203-655-9050 ext. 10.

iPhone photography: The next DCA Women’s Luncheon will feature “Taking Great Photos with Your iPhone Camera” with photographer Lisa Field on Dec. 6 at 12:15 p.m.

Field has been known as a black-and-white portrait photographer in Darien and Nantucket for the past 20 years. She is returning to town to explain how to create beautiful images using iPhones. Learn to use Instagram filters and other editing techniques for posting and sharing images.

This event is $25 per person, or $20 for DCA members, and includes a lunch which will be provided by Michael Joseph’s Catering . Prepayment for this event is required by noon on Dec. 5.

English Tea: An elegant afternoon tea is an easy way to relax before the holidays or gather for a girlfriend get-together. Chef/caterer Victoria Truchan of Country House Cuisine in Westport is bringing her love of the English tea room experience to the festive halls of the historic home of the DCA on Dec. 8.

The traditional menu will include a variety of classic tea sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam, English and French petit fours and cookies, and a selection of Harney & Sons teas.

There are two seatings available: the first one at 11:30 a.m. and the other at 1:30 p.m. Fees are $40 for DCA members; $45 for the public. Prepayment is required by Dec. 6.

Clara’s Dream

“Clara’s Dream,” an abbreviated family-friendly version of “The Nutcracker” will be performed by students of the Darien School of Dance on Dec. 11 at Darien High School at 2 p.m. Dancers as young as 4 and up to teens will perform in this ever-popular holiday classic with a cast of more than 60 dancers.

This is the third annual Nutcracker performance for the group.

Before the performance audience members will have the chance for a free photo opportunity with a Snowflake Ballerina.

Tickets for the 50-minute performance cost $20 and will be available Dec. 5. They can be purchased at the YWCA,, email or at the door.

Splash Car Wash delivers turkeys

In what has become an annual Thanksgiving tradition, Splash Car Wash filled their “fire truck” with 100 turkeys and delivered them to the Bridgeport Rescue Mission’s coat and food drive at the Bridgeport Harbor Yard Arena.

The Splash Crew, led by owners Mark Curtis and Dan Petrelle, arrived midday and were greeted by a number of volunteers working cat the arena during their 6-day “Great Thanksgiving Project” where 3,000 families are provided complete dinners for the holidays. Additionally, thousands of winter coats were provided to families coming to the arena.

This is the fifth year Splash has participated in the coat and food drive.

Splash, which has a location on the Post Road in Darien, operates 17 other locations in Connecticut and New York. Splash handles over 400 requests each year from charitable and other nonprofit organizations and has donated over $1,500,000 since opening in 1981.

Collecting for P2P Toy Store

For the 21st year, Person-to-Person will be hosting the Holiday Toy Store in December. With the support of a dedicated volunteer organizing committee, scores of volunteers and countless generous donors, more than 2,100 children will have a holiday that is merry and bright.

For low-income clients who struggle throughout the year to provide basic necessities such as food and clothing, the holidays can be particularly stressful. But with Toy Store, parents are able to select a free toy and book for each child plus a board game for the family to enjoy.

If you would like to stage a toy drive or donate unwrapped gifts, please contact Janet King at P2P Darien, 203-621-0683, or Susan Zelman at P2P Norwalk, 203-621-0703. Gifts for all ages — birth to 15 years — are appreciated.